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Passenger Train, The (Second Edition)


Published 1955


A young boy travels from Chicago, Illinois to Lamy, New Mexico via passenger train.


Run time 10:09
Producer Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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A young boy travels from Chicago (?) to Lamy, New Mexico via passenger train.



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Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2014
Subject: I can hear city slicker Bobby saying:.

"Oh cut the cowboy crap already! How long do I have to stay in this rattlesnake infested place anyways?"

By the way, median house value in Lamy (NM) today: $520,000! If I was Bobby I'd make sure I was the favorite nephew to this apparently childless uncle! Rattlesnakes or not.

This film is better than the 1940 version which only tangentially addresses Bobby's trip. More interesting scenes of the train and an explanation of how long the engineer has to work without a rest.

People like me who grew up in proximity to railroad tracks/yards (and often used them as a playground) are forever fascinated by trains. This film and its predecessor are very enjoyable to watch.
Reviewer: ncostikyan - - January 20, 2009
Subject: My dad shot this
I just stumbled across this while skyping with my dad, who was the director of photography for this and many other EB films. He went on to commercials and features, most notably Woody Allen's "Bananas". Around the 7:43 there is a shot of my mother with my sister, who died a year later. This film brings back the whole train ride experience, which was a yearly ritual for us going from Chicago to my Grandparents in Mississippi. What a trip!
Reviewer: daves_not_here - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2008
Subject: copyright date
the copyright date at the beginning of this little short is MCMLIV. That would be 1954.
Reviewer: PLD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2008
Subject: Charming...and depressing
A perfect example of an elementary school EB film; I must have seen dozens of them between 1965 and 1970. This one's great for showing your kids just how much has changed in educational film and video production...and how little has changed in US rail transport. Sometimes I think this country is like a classic red barn: built well, painted a bright color, then allowed to just fall apart over time.
Reviewer: Mr. Manager - favoritefavorite - May 3, 2006
Subject: " Train Trip "
Actually this film was made in 1954. Good film about Bobby visiting his uncles ranch. Very dated today you won't find accomodating workers like those!!!
Reviewer: ERD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2005
Subject: Second Edition even better....
The seond 1955 version of PASSENGER TRAIN has a better complete script. It fills in gaps that the first (1940) version had.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2004
Subject: More adventures of Train passenger Bob!
This is the full film now boys and girls, of Bob's train travels which was interestingly excepted into the first edition of 'Passenger Train'. We see the curiously emotionless kid leave his curiously somewhat detached father as he goes off to visit his uncle. During the train trip he reads, plays checkers, has a sandwich, and spies on his neighbors opening and closing their wash basins. Oh what fun! Not as deliriously silly as the first version, (The train engineers get a break!) this does have it's charms as well.
Reviewer: John R. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2003
Subject: Not much has changed
Interesting to see how little has changed in the facilities available to rail passengers in this video where a young boy boards "The Chief" one evening, spends the night on the train in a sleeper cabin, and the next morning gets off "The SuperChief."
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